So much musical casting news!
The Hope Mill Theatre’s upcoming revival of Passion opens in May with Ruthie Henshall as Fosca, Dean John-Wilson as Giorgio and Kelly Price as Clara. The company is completed by Adam Robert Lewis, Charlie Waddell, Danny Whitehead, Dalton Harris, Ray Shell, Steve Watts and Tim Walton.
Michael Strassen directs with movement director Sundeep Saini and musical director Yshani Perinpanayagam, with orchestrations by Stuart Barr, musical supervision by Paul Schofield, set and costume design by Elin Steele, lighting by Charlie M Jones, sound by Dan Samson and casting by Rob Kelly.
The new cast for Cabaret, starting on 21st March will be Fra Fee as the Emcee (replacing Eddie Redmayne) and Amy Lennox as Sally Bowles (replacing Jessie Buckley). Also joining the show will be Omar Baroud as Cliff Bradshaw and Vivien Parry as Fraulein Schneider whilst Elliot Levey as Herr Schultz, Stewart Clarke as Ernst Ludwig and Anna-Jane Casey as Fraulein Kost continue in their roles.
Completing the cast are Josh Andrews, Emily Benjamin, Sally Frith, Matthew Gent, Emma Louise Jones, Ela Lisondra, Theo Maddix, Chris O’Mara, Daniel Perry, Andre Refig, Christopher Tendai, Bethany Terry, Lillie-Pearl Wildman and Sophie Maria Wojna.
Bonnie and Clyde opens in the West End on 9th April and has revealed leads Frances Mayli McCann as Bonnie, Jordan Luke Gage as Clyde, with Natalie McQueen and George Maguire The cast also includes Cleve September as Ted and Ako Mitchell as Preacher, Pippa Winslow as Cumie Barrow/Governor Miriam Ferguson/Eleanore, Gracie Lai as Emma Parker/Stella, Alistair So as Sheriff Schmid, Alexander Evans as Henry Barrow/Deputy Johnson, Ross Dawes as Captain Frank Hamer, Barney Wilkinson as Bud/Archie and swings Charlie McCullagh and Annie Guy.
Zorro the Musical returns to London at the Charing Cross Theatre from 2nd April. Appearing will be Ajjaz Awad (ensemble), Pete Ashmore (Don Alejandro), Amy Bastani (ensemble), Isobel Bates (ensemble), Ben Boskovic (ensemble), Matthew Bugg (ensemble), Paige Fenlon (Luisa), Alex Gibson-Giorgio (Ramon), Maxwell Griffin (ensemble), Matthew Heywood (ensemble), Jessica Lim (ensemble), Phoebe Panaretos (Inez), Jessica Pardoe (ensemble), Marc Pickering (Garcia), Benjamin Purkiss (Diego/Zorro), Stylianos Thomadakis (ensemble) and Hannah Woodward (ensemble).
The upcoming European premiere of The Cher Show opens at Curve Leicester in April. Three performers play Cher at different points in the show – Millie O’Connell plays Babe, Danielle Steers plays Lady with Debbie Kurup as Star.
The 2022 tour of Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World will feature Kirstie Skivington, Kudzai Mangombe, Elise Zavou and Clarice Julianda, who are set to appear alongside existing cast members Renée Lamb, Christina Modestou and Jade Kennedy, who were part of the original 2021 tour. The show will visit Liverpool, Salford, Kingston, Edinburgh, Exeter, Cheltenham, Sheffield, Poole and Theatre Royal Stratford East.
CFT’s South Pacific will return for a new tour (from 16th July) with a stop in London at Sadler’s Wells (27th July to 28th August). Gina Beck and Julian Ovenden will reprise their lead roles, and will be joined by Rob Houchen as Lieutenant Joseph Cable, Joanna Ampil as Bloody Mary and Sera Maehara as Liat. Further casting is to be revealed.
Aaaaand last but not least, the iconic Joanna Riding will play Madame Rose in Gypsy at the Buxton International Festival in July.